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Robert Morris (1734-1806)

Object Number: 
1817.4
Date: 
ca. 1810
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Unframed: 29 × 24 1/2 in. (73.7 × 62.2 cm) Framed: 36 in. × 31 1/2 in. × 3 1/4 in. (91.4 × 80 × 8.3 cm)
Gallery Label: 
Statesman, financier, and patriot Robert Morris was born in England, was sent to live with his father in Maryland as a boy, and grew up in Philadelphia. He was an early supporter of the Revolutionary cause, served in the first Continental Congress, and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He served in the Pennsylvania assembly and was a U.S. senator from that state from 1789 to 1795. His portrait was a gift to the Society from his son, who inherited Stuart's 1795 original.
Bibliography: 
Irving, Washington, Ed., The Analectic Magazine, Vol. V, 1815, frontispiece. Catalogue of the Museum and Gallery of Art of The New-York Historical Society, New York, The New-York Historical Society, 1862, p. 7. Irving, Pierre M., The Life and Letters of Washington Irving, 3 Vols., London: Richard Bentley, 1862, Vol. 1, pp. 227-9. Tuckerman, Henry T., Book of the Artists, American Artist Life, Comprising Biographical and Critical Sketches of American Artists: Preceded by an Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of Art in America, New York: P. Putnam & Son, 1867, pp. 57, 621. Wilson, Woodrow, A History of the American People, 5 Vols, New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 19007, Vol. III, p. 215. Van der Weyde, William M., "John Wesley Jarvis," Americana, 7, July 1912, pp. 651-7. Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1915, p. 20. Morgan, John Hill, Early American Painters: Illustrated by Examples in the Collection of The New-York Historical Society, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1921, p. 102-3. Kelby, William, Notes on American Artists 1754-1820: Copied from advertisements appearing in the newspapers of the day, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1922, p. 67. Harrington, John Walker, "John Wesley Jarvis, Portraitist,´The American Magazine of Art, Vol. 8, No. 11, November 1927, pp. 577-84. Bolton, Theodore, and Groce, George C., Jr., "John Wesley Jarvis: An Account of His Life and the First Catalogue of His Work, Art Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4, Autumn 1938, pp. 299-321. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society: Oil Portraits, Miniatures, Sculptures, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1941, p. 218. Dickson, Harold E., John Wesley Jarvis: American Painter, 1780-1840, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1949, pp. ix, 326, 359. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, Vol. 2, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1974, p. 558.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Thomas Morris
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group